Meet the 2017 Restaurant & Chef Award Semi-Finalists

February 17, 2017

jbf awardHere they are! The semifinalists for the 2017 James Beard Awards. Categories range from Outstanding Restaurant to Rising Star Chef of the Year, and you may know them! The finalists will be announced in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 15 with the winners announced on Monday, May 1.

Our special congratulations go out to Chef Omar FloresChef Bryce Gilmore, and Chef John Tesar all up for Best Chef: Southwest.

Best New Restaurant
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Flora Street Cafe, Dallas

Outstanding Bar Program

Anvil Bar & Refuge, Houston

Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans

Cure, New Orleans

The Esquire Tavern, San Antonio

Outstanding Chef
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Donald Link, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kelly Fields, Willa Jean, New Orleans

Maggie Huff, FT33, Dallas

Laura Sawicki, Launderette, Austin

Outstanding Restaurateur

JoAnn Clevenger, Upperline, New Orleans

Tracy Vaught, H Town Restaurant Group, Houston (Hugo’s, Caracol, Backstreet Cafe, and others)

Outstanding Service

Brigtsen’s, New Orleans

Galatoire’s Restaurant, New Orleans

Hugo’s, Houston

Outstanding Wine Program
Presented by Robert Mondavi Winery

Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits, New Orleans

Rising Star Chef of the Year
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Martha Wiggins, Sylvain, New Orleans

William Wright, Helen Greek Food and Wine, Houston

Best Chef: South

Nina Compton, Compère Lapin, New Orleans

Michael Gulotta, MoPho, New Orleans

Slade Rushing, Brennan’s, New Orleans

Michael Stoltzfus and Kristen Essig, Coquette, New Orleans

Isaac Toups, Toups’ Meatery, New Orleans

Rebecca Wilcomb, Herbsaint, New Orleans

Best Chef: Southwest

Omar Flores, Casa Rubia, Dallas

Bryce Gilmore, Barley Swine, Austin

Manabu Horiuchi, Kata Robata, Houston

Anita Jaisinghani, Pondicheri, Houston

Steve McHugh, Cured, San Antonio

Hugo Ortega, Hugo’s, Houston

Teiichi Sakurai, Tei-An Soba House, Dallas

Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan, The Pass, Houston

John Tesar, Knife, Dallas

David Uygur, Lucia, Dallas

Jianyun Ye, Mala Sichuan Bistro, Houston

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